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Levy Gets in Practice Following the Bye

Posted by Tara Altman on October 26, 2010 – 4:43 pm

Second-year linebacker DeAndre Levy hasn’t stepped onto the field since Week 3 at Minnesota (9/26), watching from the sidelines with a groin injury.

Today, with a bonus practice following Detroit’s Bye Week, Levy got the opportunity to get back on the practice field.

Levy: “It’s refreshing. You just keep waiting and waiting, and it tests your patience a lot; getting out there you don’t want to lose a step, but I don’t think I lost too much as far as mentally and everything else, but I mean it feels good to be out there and just be doing something football related on the field.”

While the process has been frustrating for the middle linebacker, the experience of getting a “coaches view” of the defense has given him a different aspect of the game.

Levy: “It’s definitely a different perspective you have when you’re not on the field. You’re able to see the breakdowns and you see the things that we need to do as players to correct them. When you’re in the midst of it, sometimes you get lost in it, trying to focus on your job, but sitting back and seeing everything as a whole, you see what went wrong and why it went wrong.”

Another thing that Levy has had to watch while sidelined is the rotation at the middle linebacker spot.

The middle linebacker serves as the “quarterback of the defense” and not having that consistency at the position has been difficult, but also has had it’s advantages from a player standpoint.

Levy: “It has been (difficult). We haven’t had a consistent group, or a consistent guy in one position for an extended period of time. On the flip side of that, it gives guys the opportunity to learn different positions and understand the defense better as a whole, which I think coming in everybody didn’t do that. It was kind of like, ‘This is my job, so I know what to do,’ but now, being thrown into that position, you need to learn the ins and outs of each spot that you’re in.”

With three days left to practice leading up to the Washington game at home, Levy is looking forward to continuing his progression and getting back onto the field.

Levy: “I just get back into the vibe with everybody else on the defense, being in the huddle and what not. That will come along with more reps and the longer that I’m out there. Hopefully I can just keep progressing and finish out the season strong. It’s been incredibly frustrating, but when you get out there, you just forget about all that. You just want to get out there and have fun and enjoy your job.”


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8 Responses to “Levy Gets in Practice Following the Bye”

  1. By M.Walker on Oct 27, 2010 | Reply

    All I know is if your not 90% brother don’t bother to play. A hurt player can mess up a team cause he’s not ready yet if you are still hurting step to the side like you’ve been doing. Only people who have been playing in pain for years can make a impact on there team in a good way coming off a injury for instance ED REED! NFL football is no joke this ain’t college were you put up these record setting stats they break you down in this league. I dont’ watch alot of college football cause people are bust once they hit the NFL. I personally don’t care about excuses if you miss tackles like the one against minnesota when MR. Peterson ran right through your whole body you need to stay on the sideline injury or not.

  2. By bronx13 on Oct 27, 2010 | Reply

    Who in the hell are your doctor’? larry,moe,curly? I mean the kid’ groin’ has been bad for three months! And Schwartz always tip toeing around every issue like he’ 6 -O!!!!!!! This Levy everybody’ acting like lions defense is missing ray lewis?? because of schwartz bull$hit ramblings! let the kid play a full season or even yet get a game under your belt! Schwartz!!! please stop with the bull$hit it’ been stale! Stanton stay focus Stafford will not stay injury free!! and peterson did kick his A$$ HE LIKE JUMP ON HIS BACK LIKE A SCARED CHILD! AND PETERSON JUST FLICK HIM LIKE A BUG!

  3. By Don on Oct 27, 2010 | Reply

    Well Levy, you really have to prove your worth to this TEAM!
    We all thought that you did that last year, But, these injuries, changed everything. Last year and what you did then? Long gone.
    It is a new year. Now you have to shut people up, like bronx13.
    I believe that you are a very talented player, with everything that you need to be a great force in the NFL.
    But let me tell you, to really be a force, you need to prove it right here, on this TEAM. Not somewhere else, not with some other team that allready has a great rep, Then your just another player in the Mix.
    To you and every player on this TEAM.
    IF you can WIN with THIS TEAM, that has a rep. And we all know what that rep is. THEN YOU will trully be a great player, or players!
    Any of you players can go to another city and play for there team that all ready wins. And then you will be a player that wins some games, or maybe even wins a playoff game. And you can be players among players.
    But, If ALL of you players can get THIS TEAM into the playoffs and to the SuperBowl.Then you will ALL be GREAT PLAYERS!
    Can any of you players Imagine how great you must be to get THIS TEAM to the Superbowl?
    Let’s just say that any group of players that can get THIS TEAM to the SUPERBOWL. Must be the GREATEST PLAYERS OF ALL TIME!
    ANY of you PLAYERS want to BE GREAT?
    DO it HERE in DETROIT! ON the LIONS!
    IF you players can do THAT! Well, If you think that you have had a lot of enterviews for just making this TEAM better. Tell me, How many enterviews would you be doing if you did that?
    Pick yourselves up, dust yourselves off, There is a whole lot of FOOTBALL to be played yet this year.
    Your ALL back, and supposed to be healthy, Let’s see what you can do with the rest of this season!
    Can you prove that this is a better TEAM or not!
    If you can? DO IT! NO excuses. NO I hurt my pinky!
    Just go out there and WIN! Nothing else!
    Listen, to your COACH, and COACH’s!
    ALL that Matters is Winning! NOPE, NO, NOPE! Don’t want to hear anything else!
    Only one more thing, And this is for coach’s and players, STOP with ALL the conservative garbage! Yes, it is called for in some instances. BUT, Not when the game is on the LINE!
    WELL, WHO ARE YOU LIONS?

  4. By kevin on Oct 27, 2010 | Reply

    GLAD TO SEE LEVY GETTING BACK ON THE FIELD,LOOKIN FORWARD TO THE LIONS COMEING TOGETHER AND WINNING,WEVE BEEN SO CLOSE AND THIS YOUNG TEAM IS LOOKING GOOD.FOOTBALL ANIT NO JOKE AND FOR ALL THESE JOKERS THAT HAS NEVER STEPPED A FOOT ON A FIELD AND WANT TO CRITICIZE……GROW UP…THIS TEAM IS YOUNG AND COMEING TOGETHER AS FOR LEVY U WERE AWESOME LAST YEAR AND THE COACHES SEE SOMETHING IN U JUST AS WE AS FANS DO, STAY HEALTHY AND PLAY HARD.

  5. By Jonathan G. on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    i have a question are bronx13 and mrs. walker lion fans cause instead of trying to give him a boost u guys critizise. have u seen the play in my middle linebackers id rather have a 90% levy than landon or whoever. so get back on the field and do what u do ..we do need u…

  6. By gary on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    remember, offensively, the game goes from north to
    south and vice versa. Wear the defense down, make them run after you . make them run again. off tackle
    can get mundane after awhile.
    Give Stanton more playing time. If you lose him to some other team. He could be another tom brady for them. why not for you. he’ll make enough yards for first downs on broken plays alone. Stafford is fragile and may not have a long career. can he run?

  7. By kevin on Oct 30, 2010 | Reply

    Having Levy back would be great!! Look what happened when Burleson came back it opened up the field for everyone else, and we won. GO LIONS!!!!!!!!
    P.S STOP HATIN……..

  8. By John on Nov 1, 2010 | Reply

    Check out Washington’s website vs Lions website. It looks better and is easy to navigate around. Also they do a better job with featured article covering the game as opposed to video clips.

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